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This talk was recorded at the Institute
for Critical Animal Studies Oceania 2017 Conference in Melbourne. You can find
out more information about this conference here: http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/oceania-conference/
listen to other talks from this conference here.
Below is further information about the
talk from the conference booklet, available here: http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/booklet/
How human overpopulation impacts other animals and what you
can do about it.
As animal advocates interested in Critical Animal Studies,
it is vital that we examine all our decisions in a critical light. The subject
of human overpopulation has often been deemed too controversial to be discussed
in animal rights circles. The Vegan Society of the UK was slammed for raising
the issue on MySpace several years ago, and it was a banned topic on the
popular Vegan Freak podcast forum. However, the rate of human population growth
in recent times in staggering. Four humans are born every second of every day
(Population Reference Bureau & The World Factbook). In Australia, a country
with excellent access to contraception and abortion, 300,000 babies are born
every year. Thanks to the Liberal
Party’s introduction of the Baby Bonus, Australia’s birth
rate drastically increased, to an extent greater than World War II’s “baby
boom”. This growth in human population
inevitably has an impact on the other animals we share the
planet with. More bushland is destroyed for human homes, more of the world’s resources
are consumed, and we get one step closer to total human supremacy over the
other inhabitants of this planet. This talk will discuss some of the more
palatable ways to address this important issue, from an
intersectional animal rights perspective that respects the
rights of humans and other animals.
Katie Batty is a social justice lawyer and long-time animal
right activist. In her spare time she volunteers as a lawyer for refugees and
co-hosts a political podcast, Progressive Podcast Australia (www.ProgressivePodcastAustralia.com).
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